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July 14, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' development camp, which ended Sunday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, offered plenty of positives, but none that would make the team stamp any prospects as potential NHL players this fall. That doesn't mean it can't happen, but the Flyers aren't going to say so in July. General manager Ron Hextall "has been preaching patience and that is very important," said Flyers player development coach John Riley, who ran the camp along with Kjell Samuelsson, a former Flyer. "It's a big jump for these guys to think they will go from where they were playing last year, certainly the guys who were all playing amateur last year.
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July 13, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Travis Sanheim was chosen 17th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft, eyebrows were raised because many scouts had him projected as a late-second-round selection. But after a breakout season in the Western Hockey League in 2014-15, Sanheim has more than justified the selection and is now among the Flyers' top prospects. The smooth-skating, 6-foot-3, 198-pound defenseman is coming off an outstanding season with the Calgary Hitmen (15 goals, 65 points in 67 games) and is considered one of the Flyers' future cornerstones.
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July 13, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WALKING AROUND Stone Harbor, N.J., at the annual "Trial on the Isle" portion of Flyers prospect development camp, one couldn't help but hear the buzz from fans surrounding the team's future defensive corps. The same could be said of the atmosphere throughout the week at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., especially considering the Flyers added seventh overall pick Ivan Provorov to a future crop that already was stockpiled with plenty of talent, including Shayne Gostisbehere, Travis Sanheim, Samuel Morin and Robert Hagg - among others.
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July 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center Scott Laughton seemed out of place doing drills with Sam Dove-McFalls, David Kase, and Travis Konecny, among others, during the Flyers' development camp Thursday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. The latter three players, all 18 years old, were selected in the NHL draft last month. Laughton, at 21, is in his fourth development camp since he was a first-round pick (20th overall) in 2012. "I feel like the old guy here a little bit," Laughton, who appears more physically fit than last year, said with a smile.
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July 10, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THERE'S ONLY so much new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol can see when he looks at video from last season. That's not an indictment of how poorly the Flyers played; it's more about Hakstol's method of evaluation. And if Hakstol isn't forming opinions of returning players based on their play on a television screen, there will be a whole lot of healthy competition when the team hits the ice at training camp. "You can overanalyze things," Hakstol said. "I'll be blunt. That's why I think I want to be careful about how much video [I watch]
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July 10, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - When the 33 Flyers prospects at the team's development camp linked arms and walked into the Atlantic Ocean around 9 a.m. yesterday, they were exercising the advice of a friend of Flyers head athletic trainer Jim McCrossin. A former Navy SEAL, McCrossin's friend knows plenty about teamwork and bonding. "You're going out to face your fears, but you're going out together," McCrossin said. "And we're all going out together, and we're all coming back together.
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July 10, 2015 | Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
MY SINCERE wish is for Ivan Provorov to blossom into a bona fide NHL star, so successful that he someday wins the trophy awarded by the NHL each season to its most valuable Russian player. I like the Flyers' top pick, like his heady game and grit he displays for an 18-year-old. I like the poise with which he already conducts himself on and off the ice. But that's not really why I want him to win the award. It's the award's name: the Kharlamov Trophy. Yes, that Kharlamov.
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July 10, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The days of dump-it-in hockey are over. Speed rules. Which is why the Flyers are excited about two forwards making their first appearance at the team's development camp: Danick Martel and Travis Konecny. The solidly built Martel is all of 5-foot-8 and 162 pounds. He makes up for his lack of size with his quickness and grittiness. Just ask the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League opponents who watched him collect 102 points, including 48 goals, in 64 games last season. "I'm 5-8 off the ice, but on the ice, I'm not," he said Tuesday.
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July 10, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
BEFORE THE NHL draft last month, Ron Hextall was going through, player by player, in order of their selection, how each 2014 Flyers pick had developed. The cream of the crop in the 2014 class is likely to be 17th overall pick Travis Sanheim, a 6-4 defensive prospect, though the general manager had little different to say about Sanheim than any of the other selections. It was all some variation of "he got better. " But when Hextall was asked to talk about fifth-round winger Oskar Lindblom, 138th overall, he had a little more to say. "He's probably the guy that took the biggest step of all of our guys," Hextall said.
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